Restoring hearing using stem cells

Grant number: 567117 | Funding period: 2009 - 2014



One in four Australians is predicted to experience some form of hearing loss by 2050. Hearing loss is irreversible and the chief clinical treatment available for severe to profound hearing loss is a cochlear implant. However, cochlear implant efficacy is limited by the degeneration of the auditory nerve following hearing loss. Using stem cells, this project will develop techniques to restore function to the auditory nerve through replacement of the specialised cells that comprise it.

University of Melbourne Researchers